The FOURTH (IV) INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE ON UNDERWATER MUNITIONS (IDUM) was held in San Juan – PUERTO RICO on 1-3 October 2012. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth territory of the United States and has experienced more than 60 years of bombing on the Islands of Culebra and Vieques from US and NATO Forces. The bombing range and live-impact areas include land, coastal, and underwater sites. Compared to the rest of Puerto Rico, Vieques residents have substantially higher rates of cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cirrhosis, and epilepsy, especially among the young. We hope to better understand the socio-economic impacts on both human and environmental health from years of exposure to decaying munitions and open-air detonations on the Islands. We need to identify and understand the values of environmentally friendly technologies for the detection, handling, and disposal of underwater munitions.
Sponsors for the 4th IDUM
|HONORABLE KATHERINE HAMMACK
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Installations, Energy & Environment)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army
Washington, DCKEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 4TH IDUM
The Honorable Katherine Hammack will be a keynote speaker at the 4th IDUM conference.
Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).SPEAKER AT 4TH IDUM
Mr Kennedy will be a speaker at the 4th IDUM conference.
|Dr Tobias Knobloch
German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie).SPEAKER AT 4TH IDUM
Dr Knobloch will be a speaker at the 4th IDUM conference.
|AMBASSADOR VAIDOTAS VERBA
Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Permanent Representative to The Organization For Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Netherlands.KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 4TH IDUM
Ambassador Verba will be a keynote speaker at the 4th IDUM conference.
15th Session of State Parties,Organization for the
October 9, 2012
By : ALEXANDER LÓPEZ in Caribbean Business
The International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM) is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) founded in 2003 by Terrence P. Long. IDUM held its fourth international dialogue on underwater munitions at the InterContinental Hotel in Carolina Oct. 1-3 following a session of working groups Sept. 27-29.
The working groups bring together a small select group of stakeholders and experts, who are leaders in their professions, to discuss and develop a draft report on the “Science, Technology, Policy & Potential Responses for Underwater Munitions.” The report will be developed in the form of a journal that will be provided to the secretary general of the United Nations (U.N.) in 2013.